May 29, 2022
Edgar Allen Poe (1809–49) was an American writer who influenced scores of other literary greats. Poe was a pioneer of what is now known as the ambiguous horror story, in which the supernatural elements of the story can be explained (or explained away) with a psychological explanation.
He was one of the most versatile and brilliant writers in history. Poe dabbled in mystery and detective writing during the 1840s and 1850s. He helped to continue the emergence of the science-fiction genre of literature. He was part of the American Romantic Movement, becoming the first well-known US-born author to attempt to earn a living solely through his literary works.
Poe was a captivating figure, so let's take a closer look at some of the most intriguing facts about the life and work of one of the 19th century's most impressive writers.
When Art Modell, the Cleveland Browns owner, announced his plans to relocate his franchise to Baltimore in 1996, he needed a new name. He drew inspiration from Poe, who died and was buried in Maryland. Poe, who also lived in Baltimore for a time, famously wrote "The Raven" in January 1845. It is widely considered one of his greatest works. In honor of Poe, Modell's new American football franchise was dubbed "The Baltimore Ravens" - and they've had a lot of success in a short time.
Poe would put the cat on his shoulder before writing a poem to draw inspiration and help him relax and focus on the work. Unfortunately, he also had a tortoiseshell cat named Catterina, who allegedly died shortly after Poe died.
Following the death of his wife Virginia from tuberculosis in January 1847, Poe turned to alcohol for solace. Although the extent to which his alcoholism took hold is still debated to this day, it is clear that he enjoyed a drink or three. This prompted him to join the Sons of Temperance. This group took a public pledge against alcohol and did not provide anonymity, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous.
Poe attempted suicide a year after the death of his wife Virginia when alcoholism had begun to set in. Poe attempted suicide by self-ingestion of opium in 1848 but failed and lived for another year.
On October 7, 1849, Poe died and was buried the next day by his cousins, which meant that only seven people attended the original funeral. The ceremony was so hurried that Poe was initially given an unmarked grave at his grandfather's plot in Baltimore's Westminster Burying Grounds. Poe was finally given an appropriate funeral 160 years after his death in 2009 when thousands of fans worldwide attended a ceremony in Baltimore to commemorate his life.
On May 16, 1836, Edgar Allen Poe was 27 years old when he married 13-year-old Virginia Clemm in a secret ceremony at a home in Richmond, Baltimore. Even though he had previously been engaged to childhood sweetheart Sarah Elmira Royster for two years.
Since Edgar Allen Poe's death, his work has profoundly influenced literature, music, film, and art. One of the reasons he is still so influential today is that his stories, in particular, have demonstrated an extraordinary ability to mutate into other media.
Forget the myth of Poe's life: the importance and richness of his work are such that we should be commemorating this author by rediscovering it. He serves as a mirror to us, and each time we read him, we discover something new about ourselves.
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